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the debt ceiling for three months in exchange for passing a budget. >> it's time for us to come to a plan that will, in fact, balance the budget over the next ten years. >> reporter: today, white house press secretary jay carney indicated the president would not oppose a short-term solution. now, the battles begin in earnest tomorrow when the house is expected to vote on the debt ceiling bill and when secretary of state hillary clinton will face some tough questions from congressional committees when she appears before them to talk about the terrorist attack in benghazi. brian? >> kristen welker on the white house north lawn tonight, thanks. >>> late word tonight that top u.s. commander in afghanistan, general john allen, has been cleared of engaging in any inappropriate behavior regarding his e-mail exchanges with the woman from tampa, jill kelley. this case came to light originally as part of the petraeus affair. and an investigation was launched. >>> the u.s. state department confirms today three americans were indeed killed during that four-day hostage standoff in algeria. seven ameri
in the house of representatives today pushed through a bill that will move the debt ceiling deadline to may, at least. while it doesn't solve it entirely, if the senate passes it, and the president signs it as expected, it will put off for now the threat of another political meltdown like the one that led to the downgrade of the u.s. credit rating back in 2011. >>> now we go outside, which depending on where you live, might take some steeling of yourself, given the air that has descended on a lot of our country. take, for example, nbc's kevin tibbles out in the cold tonight in chicago. kevin, good evening. >> reporter: hey, why not? well, it will take a couple more frigid days to freeze the chicago river, but tonight temperatures here in chicago, new york and elsewhere are colder than they are in juneau, alaska. [ sirens ] at one point, some 200 chicago firefighters battled a massive extra alarm warehouse fire in temperatures hovering just above zero. pouring on the water throughout the day, struggling with frozen hydrants and icy ladders. >> the stress on us, i mean, we're firefighters and
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